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Children's parties

Make a lasting impression on any child with an event held at The Morton Arboretum. Private party venues are available year-round with themes and activities to engage and amaze children. 

Children's Garden at The Morton ArboretumThe perfect outdoor venue for any kids' gathering is the Children's Garden at The Morton Arboretum.


April through October

The upper deck of the Children's Garden picnic area can be reserved for parties (up to 50 people) from April through October. Party reservation includes admission to the Arboretum for party guests, use of the picnic space for two hours (10 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.), and optional party activities for an additional fee. Outdoor party hosts may use Arboretum catering or bring their own food (no deliveries allowed).

Basic party rental cost

Weekends and holidays: $325 member, $400 nonmember
Weekdays: $265 member, $325 nonmember

November through March

For indoor winter party rentals, please contact Facility Rental 630.725.2190


Additional Options


A 30-minute themed activity and a take-home craft are led by a Children's Garden staff member. Spring/Summer themes are available April through September. 

Spring/Summer Themes

  • Enchanted Garden—Discover all of the different seeds that you can grow in your garden! Plant a seed and start a garden of your own!
  • Bug Bash—Engage in an insect investigation using your own decorative magnifier and explore the world of our six-legged friends!
  • Party Animals—Learn about local wildlife by seeing and touching real animal artifacts. Create your own adventure bag to use on your next exploration!


Activity cost

Up to 20 children: $75
More than 20 children: $100

Garden Party Favor Bags

Favor bags are available for all rentals.
$5 per bag

Plan Your Party

Call 630-725-2038 or email cgrentals@mortonarb.org  to plan your child's party in the Children's Garden.